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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:45 22nd October 2016

REPORT: Hull City 0 Stoke City 2

XHERDAN SHAQIRI'S sensational first-half strike set the tone for Stoke City's landmark 100th Premier League victory at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 


The Swiss maestro lit up Humberside with a moment of individual brilliance midway through the opening period with a stunning effort from 30-yards. 


And he was at it again five minutes into the second half with another trademark long distance strike to double the Potters' lead.


It was a memorable day for the former Bayern Munich ace and a memorable day for the Potters too, who could, and probably should, have at least matched the six goals Bournemouth fired past the Tigers seven days earlier.


As it was though, the two which were exquisitely taken proved to be enough to claim a second successive top-flight victory, following the routine triumph over Sunderland last time out.


Mark Hughes will take huge satisfaction from the performance from his players, although he will be left bewildered as to how the margin of victory wasn't far more emphatic.


Shaqiri, who was mesmeric all afternoon, produced two sensational balls from distance to pick out Marko Arnautovic, although on each occasion he was unable to get the better of 'keeper David Marshall.


In fact, had it not been for the Scotland international the tigers could have been on the end of a second straight hiding, following their 6-1 defeat on the road at Bournemouth last weekend.


The stopper, who arrived from Cardiff City in the summer, was by far the home side's most impressive performer, and kept out the likes of Phil Bardsley, Wilfried Bony and Joe Allen, who all went close to adding to their side's tally.


Mike Phelan's men struggled all afternoon to contain their opponents, and even on the odd occasion they were able to press beyond the halfway line, there was no way through a dogged and determined Stoke backline.


Attentions now turn towards the live televised showdown with Swansea City on Monday week, where the Potters will be confident of chalking up a third successive three-point haul and well and truly put their relatively slow start to the season behind them.



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